Gail Sutton, M.S.
Ms. Gail Sutton is the Chief Operating Officer for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She received her M.S. in Fisheries and Mariculture and a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. As Chief Operating Officer of HRI, Ms. Sutton manages the finances and daily operations of the Institute dedicated to the ecological and economic sustainability of the world’s ninth-largest body of water. A 16-year veteran of the banking industry, Ms. Sutton focuses on budgeting, grant management and improving both product and efficiency to maximize the research capacity of the Institute’s scientists and researchers, both in the laboratory and in the field. Ms. Sutton’s experience as a vice president and loan officer in the banking industry gives her a unique perspective in the management of HRI daily operations due to her knowledge in the private sector.
In addition to her main role at the Institute, Ms. Sutton, who in 2011 earned her master’s degree in Fisheries and Mariculture from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, co-manages “Sink Your Shucks,” the first oyster restoration program in Texas to reclaim oyster shells from local restaurants to build substrate for new reefs and habitat for fish, crabs and other organisms.